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February 9, 2019

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#Classic: The Mill on the Floss

by N@ncy

 

Finished: 09.02.2019
Genre: novel
Rating: C
#AudioBook  19 hr  – narrator Eileen Atkins

 

Conclusion:

  1. This book has been on my TBR since 2010!
  2. I have finally read this auto-biographical classic by G. Eliot.
  3. Spanning over a period of 10 years,
  4. The Mill on the Floss follows the coming of age of the
  5. …beautiful and idealistic Maggie
  6. …as she experiences family tragedy, forbidden love and
  7. the wrath of the English patriarchy.
  8. The 1+2 books were a (too) long exposition of
  9. family and childhood Maggie and brother Tom.
  10. Eliot in part 1 wants to expose the differences between brother and sister.
  11. TOM: “I’d do just the same again.” That was his usual mode of viewing his past actions.
  12. MAGGIE: Maggie was always wishing she had done something different.
  13. TOM: “Yes, you’re silly; but I never do forget things, I don’t.” (holds grudges like his father)
  14. MAGGIE: “I’d forgive you, if you forgot anything–I wouldn’t mind what you did–I’d forgive you…”
  15. TOM: …instinctive discernment of what would turn to his advantage or disadvantage
  16. MAGGIE: rushed to her deeds with passionate impulse.
  17. Theme: forgiveness is the thread throughout the  book
  18. Book 3 – 5 reveals adult loves and friendships
  19. Part 6 – must be one of the longest ‘break-up’s in literature!
  20. Part 7 – the river is the symbol of life and death.
  21. I was impressed by Eliot’s writing but needed
  22. a combination of audio listen and download Gutenberg.org book
  23. ….to keep me reading through long, long (preachy) speeches by Maggie.
  24. #Classic but you have to be committed to finish it!
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  1. I’m planning to read this sometime this year. Thanks for making me look forward to it even more!!

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  2. Feb 11 2019

    Cleo, if part 1 seems endless I noted some items to indicate what Eliot meant to reveal:
    Eliot in part 1 wants to expose the differences between brother and sister.
    TOM: “I’d do just the same again.” That was his usual mode of viewing his past actions.
    MAGGIE: Maggie was always wishing she had done something different.
    TOM: “Yes, you’re silly; but I never do forget things, I don’t.” (holds grudges like his father)
    MAGGIE: “I’d forgive you, if you forgot anything–I wouldn’t mind what you did–I’d forgive you…”
    TOM: …instinctive discernment of what would turn to his advantage or disadvantage
    MAGGIE: rushed to her deeds with passionate impulse.
    Theme: forgiveness is the thread throughout the book.

    Before I went any further…I made a sketch of the family tree (mother, father, brother, sister and aunts and uncles from both sides). It is important to know who Aunt Glegg, Pullet and Deane are (..all sisters of Maggie’s mother Mrs. Tulliver) ….because they are woven in all the parts!
    Hope you enjoy the book!

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